Today's third day between Worcestershire and Lancashire at New Road saw very little progress made in this LV= County Championship match as 71 overs were lost to either rain or bad light, with one delay lasting more than five hours.
The hosts, having resumed on an overnight 219-6, declared their first innings on 251-7 after claiming a second batting bonus point during the final hour of play.
Only 22.3 overs were bowled, taking into account the change in innings and the fact that Daryl Mitchell declared midway through an over, and Lancashire’s new opening pair of Paul Horton and Luke Procter faced seven of those, reaching 10-0.
Horton reached one not out and Procter, promoted up the order in place of Stephen Moore, finished the day unbeaten on nine, including one boundary.
With just one day left tomorrow, there will either be a battle for bonus points or a manufactured finish following a morning meeting between captains Mitchell and Glen Chapple.
“We’ve not really talked about that,” said coach Peter Moores of the latter scenario. “If I’m being honest, we’re not sure. We’ll come and see what the weather’s like tomorrow when the forecast’s supposed to be better.
“It’s going to be tricky because we haven’t batted much on the surface. I suppose it will come down to the two captains tomorrow if they think they can create something.”
Following an early interruption due to bad light, Chapple took the only wicket to fall today when he trapped Neil Pinner lbw for a well made 82, the 21 year-old falling short of a maiden hundred after he had shared a century partnership for the sixth wicket with Joe Leach on day two.
Rain then forced the players off the field between 12.15pm and 5.30pm, meaning only 17 overs were left when play resumed. Ben Scott and Gareth Andrew took the score beyond 250 before the declaration came immediately with both teams taking two bonus points.
“It’s a pretty good pitch,” assessed Moores. “There’s a chance to take wickets when the new ball’s hard, although it doesn’t seem to have stayed hard for as long. We did get some wickets with the new ball, but credit to Pinner and Leach because they put on a good partnership.
“That’s happened for us a couple of times this season, which is a bit frustrating. But the main frustration is the weather because had it been the first day and we’d maybe have bowled them out for 270/280, you’d be happy with your position.”
Lancashire have now lost a total of 1,462 overs of Championship cricket this summer, which is nearly 30 percent of their four-day campaign, and the most since 1,550 overs were lost in their 2007 first-class programme.
Day 2 Report (no play first day)
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